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At least they haven't quitDick Flavin

I'll say this for the 2019 Red Sox: they haven't quit. Things have not gone well this season, not by a long shot. But the team has hung in through all the disappointments and kept plugging away. There ...

Go further with faithThomas Carroll

Management guru Peter Drucker urged companies to reflect upon a simple but profound question: "What business are we in?" This question is a good one for our Catholic schools as well. Simply put, I believe ...

Australian justice in the dockGeorge Weigel

Consider this sequence of events, familiar to some but evidently not to others: March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police ...

New Hesburgh BiographyRussell Shaw

Two words are central to the story told in an important new biography of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. The words are complexity and assimilation. Complexity marked his long, distinguished career that ...

The Sulpicians and their role forming Boston's priestsThomas Lester

I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris recently and, while planning the trip, saw a reference to the Eglise Saint-Sulpice, or Church of St. Sulpice. I was somewhat familiar with the Sulpicians and ...

Beautiful Park, ugly uniformsDick Flavin

I spent the last weekend of August in San Diego where the weather was, as always, idyllic. I had several good reasons for being there: 1) My daughter Meredith and her family live there; 2) I participated ...

Contradictory suicide messagingFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In July 2014, police found the body of 18-year-old Conrad Roy inside his truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, having died from carbon monoxide poisoning. As the case unfolded, it became apparent that a ...

Nothing to see hereDick Flavin

"Nothing to see here. Please disburse." Those words were famously spoken by Leslie Neilsen as Lieutenant Frank Drebin of Police Squad, while standing in front of an exploding fireworks factory in the ...

Miracle at LancianoElise Italiano Ureneck

I was 12 years old when my family took our first trip to Italy. We spent a good portion of time visiting my father's cousins in Abruzzo. On a walk one afternoon through the town of Lanciano, a group of ...

Come Holy SpiritMichael Reardon

As a student at Boston College High School and then again at Fairfield University, like many Catholic schools, the school year began with the Mass of the Holy Spirit -- a tangible reminder that the Spirit ...